Football Preview: St. Augustine vs. WilliamstownPosted:
MILLVILLE, N.J. – The St. Augustine Hermits against the Williamstown Braves are staged to face-off this Friday and it's shaping up to be one of the most intriguing crossover games of the season.
This brand new match-up, with both the Hermits and Braves now part of the West Jersey Football League, looks promising as both teams were formidable contenders in the past.
First, let's check in with St. Augustine Prep, which enters the contest with a record of 2-0
It's been an offensive explosion for the Hermits so far, putting up 47 points in a week zero win over Malvern Prep. Then following that up by scoring 46 points against the Atlantic City last week.
The Prep has been getting it done through the air thanks to junior quarterback, Josh Zamot, and plenty of weapons on the outside. Running back Kyle Dobbins has emerged as one of South Jersey's top players as well. Dobbins is a junior from Monroe Township, and already holds a scholarship offer from Temple University.
"Josh Zamot has been doing real good. My backup True Robinson, he's been doing good on the run game too. Me and him have been combining for like 400 yards a game. So we've been going great on the run game. Junior year is my year. It's my breakout season. Yea I want this to be a real great show," said Dobbins.
Hermits head coach, Mark Reardon, is excited about the way his team has stormed out of the gate this year. However, he's also prepping for the challenge of facing a public school powerhouse like Williamstown.
"No doubt this is as good a team as we're going to see all season. They are big and physical. A lot of depth, which we don't have. So our guys are going to have to go play, and play very well to beat them. I just think we're very consistent. Even the first game we started a little bit slow but we got a bunch of new guys playing and every game they're going to get better. So we're fast on the perimeter, our skill is pretty good, and up front we've gelled pretty well," said Reardon.
Now let's head over to Williamstown to check in with the Braves.
Williamstown is coming off an appearance in the South Jersey Group V championship game last year, where the Braves lost a heartbreaker of a match to Toms River North. And despite having graduated a number of key players from that team, making the Braves a younger group this season, they're still very talented.
Sophomore quarterback J.C. Collins threw four touchdown passes to Vic Ruggiano last week, as the Braves opened the season with a 45 to 7 win over Kingsway.
Head coach Frank Fucetola actually coached at St. Augustine from 1993 to 1995, guiding the Hermits to their first winning seasons during that stretch. After that, he's been a fixture at Williamstown ever since, winning a South Jersey title back in 2012...
"That was my first head football coaching job. And I enjoyed the three years I was there. And I moved on to Williamstown, very proud to be in Williamstown right now. It's just another game this week, in my book. Just another game. They do it all. They have tremendous offensive weapons. They pass the ball just as well as they run the ball. It's a double threat. They have tremendous receivers and a tremendous backfield. We're hoping our people up front can handle them. It'll be a good test for us," said Fucetola.
The Brave's coach will be relying on key veterans like offensive lineman Marc Wolfe to leads the way against the Hermits Friday night.
"There's definitely been some talk. Obviously, other teams talking about others. We just have to stay focused and we can't get caught up in that and get too fired up where it's going to cause bad problems. We just have to play the game," said Wolfe.
So it's Williamstown at home against St. Augustine on Friday night with a7 p.m. kickoff. SNJ Today will have highlights of the game on Saturday night on The Locker Room.